Just as it is important to protect your skin during the hot summer months, facilitating proper eye care is also a priority. Whether it is yard work, chemicals in the pool, or the rays reflecting off the waves, the delicate tissue in your eyes require care and protection. Here are some tips:

100% UV protection

The sun radiates all kinds of rays, the most damaging of those being ultraviolet. Sunglasses that are 100% UV protectant are worth the investment, because studies show that exposure to too much ultraviolet light accelerates the formation of cataracts and increases risk of skin cancer to the eyelids. Wearing sunglasses that wrap around the sides of your eyes also protect from sunlight creeping in where the shades can’t protect. Also remember, it’s just as important to wear sunglasses on a cloudy day as rays easily pass through all types of clouds.

 

Hiding your eyes with a hat

In conjunction with sunglasses, wearing a hat with a wider brim hat can protect your eyes from the sun. It is recommended that that hat have a brim of at least three inches wide.

 

Under water

If you wear contacts, remember to remove them before going into any kind of water, whether it is the pool, or an ocean. Keeping your contacts in will cause the trapping all of kinds of bacteria, which will cause eye infections. Wearing goggles can protect your eyes from the bacteria. Also, make sure that your goggles have 100% protection from UV rays as well.

 

Preventing Dehydration

Dehydration is very common during the summer. Serious dehydration makes it harder for the body to produce tears, leading to dry eye symptoms and other serious vision problems. Drinking often provides fluid for normal eye function.

 

You can contact one of Michigan Eye Institute’s five locations – Flint, Fenton, Lapeer, Grand Blanc, or Oxford – by calling (810) 733-7111 or visiting www.mieye.com.

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